- 3-hour afternoon tour from Paihia to Kerikeri
- Visit the Mission House, New Zealand’s oldest standing wooden structure
- Purchase gifts and souvenirs at the Stone Store
- Learn about Kerikeri’s history of the Maori and the European settlers
- Try organic wine and coffee at Ake Ake Vineyard, and sample chocolate at Makana Confections
- Upgrade to include a 2-hour sightseeing cruise on the Bay of Islands
What You Can Expect
Your first stop is Ake Ake, a small, family-run vineyard outside Kerikeri where you can enjoy samples of organic wine and coffee. Then head into town to visit two of New Zealand’s oldest buildings from the time of European settlement — the Mission House and Stone Store. Learn about Kerikeri’s history, including the relationship between the Maori chief Hongi Hika and early European settlers, and hear about Reverend Marsden, a missionary who is credited with planting the grapevines that eventually led to the area’s thriving industry. At the Stone Store — originally built to house mission supplies and wheat — you can purchase gifts and souvenirs.
Next, visit the Makana Confections, a chocolate factory where you can watch chocolate being made and try a few samples. Purchase some to take home, if you wish, before re-boarding your coach for the return drive to Paihia, where your tour ends.
Optional sightseeing cruise:
Upgrade your tour to include a 2-hour cruise through the Bay of Islands before your tour to Kerikeri. Pass by Black Rocks, and stop to see Marsden Cross, the site of the country’s first planned European settlement.
See Roberton Island (Motuarohia), where several archaeological sites have been excavated, and learn about the history of the Bay of Islands from the onboard commentary. Keep your eyes open for marine life like whales, seals, dolphins, penguins and sea birds.
Your cruise ends back in Paihia, where you have free time to get lunch (own expense) before the tour to Kerikeri.
This tour was above expectations. The pickup was prompt and hassle free. The tour bus driver was friendly and had a wealth of local knowledge. We booked this tour for a land day while cruising and it ended up being just a small group tour. So, it was almost like having your own chauffeur driven tour; at a fraction of the price for similar tours that we could have chosen. I would recommend this tour and this company to all other travellers.
The weather wasn't good so it was perfect for this orientation trip. The stone house was very interesting.